History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When a need is identified, the Smyrna Community have always been resourceful in providing a solution. This is evident in ambulance and funeral home services. Prior to 1960, the only funeral home or ambulance service was out of Atlanta or Marietta. For a period of time, volunteers attempted to fill this vital need, but the volume was greater than the one unit could service.
Smyrna Councilman Bill Sanders recognized the need, and attempted to have funeral homes in Atlanta or Marietta to establish a branch in Smyrna. When his efforts failed, Mr. Sanders, his brother, Warren, and B.C. Castellaw took it upon themselves to form a funeral home and provide ambulance service. In 1960, Sanders Funeral Chapel, Inc. opened on Concord Rd. Later the business expanded, and the name changed to Sanders-Castellaw Funeral Home. At this time funeral homes provided ambulance service for $5.00 to $20.00.
In 1966, B.C. Castellaw bought out Sanders, changed the name to Castellaw Funeral Home, and later that year broke ground for an 8,200 square foot building which was the first designed especially for a funeral home in the Smyrna area. This modern and spacious facility with four visitation rooms, a 45 foot cathedral chapel with seating for more than 200 people, and spacious parking. Castellaw Funeral Home has been an important part of the Smyrna community since it opened in September of 1966. Mr. Castellaw retired in 1997. His daughter, Gale Castellaw Baker, has been affiliated with the funeral home since 1968 and now serves as President. Gale is now the owner of Castellaw Funeral Home along with Al Cochran, Loretta Perry, and Coleman Castellaw.
In 1996, a complete remodeling and updating of our facility was accomplished. Castellaw Funeral Home sits on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, offering families a peaceful and tranquil environment to remember their loved ones.
Our Valued Staff
Gale Castellaw Baker, President / Owner
Gale Castellaw Baker has been serving the funeral needs of the Smyrna community for over 45 years. She is a graduate of Campbell High School. Gale attended West Georgia College and Georgia State University. She is married to Bobby Baker; one the orginal founding members of the Creepers Classic Car Club. He retired from AT &T. Gale is a member of the Smyrna Business Association, being chosen as "Business Person of the Year " 2004-2005. She also serves on the Emory Adventist Hospital Foundation Board (16 years) and is a member of the Gary Hill Business Networking Organization. She and the funeral home staff have been active members of the Smyrna Clean and Beautiful Adopt a mile Program (15 years). Gale and Bobby are members of Macland Baptist Church and were former members of Green Acres Baptist Church for 45 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Robert Dean, Manager / Funeral Director / Emblamer
Robert is a native of Alexander City, Alabama and a graduate of Central Alabama State College, receiving a degree in business administration. He moved to Sandy Springs, Georgia to attend Gupton Jones Mortuary College graduating in 1988. He is a licensed Georgia Funeral Director/ Embalmer, a licensed Georgia Insurance Agent, specializing in funding pre-arranged funerals. Robert is a member of The Central Church Of Christ, the Kiwanis Club of Smyrna, the Gary Hill Business Networking Organization, the Smyrna Clean and Beautiful Adopt A Mile Program and is a charter member of the Lions Club of Smyrna. Robert has been serving the Smyrna community for the the last eighteen years. His passion is cooking for others and is an avid gardner.
Carol Purcell, Secretary / Bookkeeper
Carol is the widow of the late Reno Purcell. She has two sons and three grandchildren. She was a graduate of Sandy Springs High School and attended Career Academy Of Atlanta. She retired from the Cobb County School System and is a member of The East West Church In Marietta where she works in the Welcome Center, teaches childrens' classes on Wednesday nights and Sundays and also serves in the nursery. She enjoys helping with Meals on Wheels and corresponding with people in local nursing homes and rehab facilities. Her favorite things to do is spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Millie Moore, Visitation Greeter
Mrs. Millie Moore is the wife of the late Mr. Paul Moore She retired from the the Cobb County Tag Office and Cobb County School cafeteria program. She is a member of the Central Church of Christ and is a mother, grandmother and best friend to whomever she meets.
Bob Sanders, Funeral Assistant
Bob is a long time Smyrna resident, member of Macland Baptist Church and retired from the Railroad.
Richard Barnes, Funeral Assistant
Richard Barnes recently retired Minister of the Central Church of Christ in Smyrna. He assists with funerals and also helps minister to the needs of families that do not have have a regular pastor.